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Resurrection Mary

Bridgeview, Illinois

One raining day, a woman was killed as she was leaving the ceremony. Today, she hitchhikes, in her wedding dress, along 79th street. After one picks her up for a ride, she vaishes, leaving the seats and car floor wet from that rainy night.

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Mike Joppa says:

September 27, 2005, 10:17 pm

THis story is all wrong. Mary was actually killed hitchiking when her car had broken down on prom night. She is now seen usually late at night along archer ave, which runs along side the cemetary. THose who have picked given her a ride, all report that she mysteriously vanishes from their site while sitting in the car.

Jade Warren says:

October 6, 2005, 7:35 pm

It is said that she was killed on her way back from the ball. You can see her walking along side the road. She will let you pick her up and either take her to the place where the ball was held or back to the cemetery were she is buried. Some have even reported being kissed by her and feeling her cold lips. The gates that surround the cemetery are said to have been bent from her hands. So if you have the chance to get up there by the cemetery stop and check to see if you can see her and if the gates are bent.. I know I will.

dan 134 says:

October 8, 2005, 12:31 am

no no no this story is all wrong. she asks for a ride to the local gentlemens club and is half drunk already in your vehicle. she requests that you play a little van halen and she dances in your car and sometimes strips. she loves mens cologne. wear some she likes it.

Daniela says:

October 12, 2005, 10:55 am

Just to let all you people know. Not that long ago, me, my boyfriend and two others went to 79th and Archer road, and saw NOTHING!
We even went as close to the front gates, where it is said that “MARY” has bent the gates. All I know is that when I approached the gate, I placed my hands on the bar, there were infact markings on the bar. As if there were hand prints foarmed onto the bars. It was really creppy. And, while doing this, we left our headlights on to “see” something supernatural, which we didn’t. But all felt as if someone was watching us, comitt our acts. Werid!!!

Ginny says:

October 19, 2005, 11:15 am

the part of the gate that mary was to have left her hand prints on, had been removed years ago..

Dan says:

October 21, 2005, 9:51 pm

no no no no! my grandpa lives on archer road or whatever. and guess what? NOTHING.

smknblckgt says:

December 2, 2005, 7:05 pm

This is a hoax its not true if you wanna go somwhere really scary then look up bachelor’s grove cemetary now there a fright,just bring a camera with you to take pictures i have pictures of ghosts and i also have audio of a little girl talking its some scary *** ****……….

Josh says:

January 4, 2006, 12:36 am

If you want to know the true legend behind Resurrection Mary, please, read Troy Taylor’s book, Haunted Illinois. Great Read!!!

Abby Lane says:

January 9, 2006, 12:38 am

I didn’t see anything except deer when I went to the cemetery. I was pretty disapointed because I have heard about it all my life. There are plenty of other haunted places in the Chicago area though. I took Richard Crowes ghost tour, and I have also taken Troy Taylors tour. Both were great.

salina says:

March 5, 2006, 2:17 pm

4wait wait wait this is wrong she went 2 the prom with her friends and her boyfriend was there with his friends his friends drugged her friends and he had 2 find her 2 drug her so he looked around 4 her and when he found her she saw her friends getting dragged into the car by his friends so she tried 2 run but he caught her she bite him on the hand he let go of her and she ran down the street screaming no one heard her he caught her again and killed her accidently by slamming her head down on a rock so she died of loseing 2 much blood so he ran 2 the car and jumped in and drove 2 one of there houses and raped the girls while asleep and drugged now when u see her the side of the road u pick her up and drive her 2 the cemetary go to her grave and touch it and she will reach out and grab u and pull u in and u will be her long lost prom date HAVE FUN!!!!!!

Cheryl Summers says:

March 14, 2006, 10:06 pm

You are all wrong.I used to live there and would play in the cemetary as a kid. All I know is that we all got chills when we looked at the gate. we never actually went in the cemetary we just played around there but still nothing ever happened.

kirshtian says:

April 15, 2006, 6:39 pm

this story could be real but wat most og these people hav written i think it could be!

kirshtian says:

April 15, 2006, 6:40 pm

this story could be real but wat most of these people have written i think it could be. + wat if it is no one is for shure. i would take a camea and pt it in the cemetary for a night and see wat happens.

Cindy says:

May 30, 2006, 5:04 pm

I’v lived about a mile away from the cemetary my entire life and have passed it on many occassions. Never have I seen a girl in a ball gown hitching a ride. In fact, I work directly across the street from Resurection Cemetary. Many of my family members are burried there. But since everyone has so many different takes on the legend, let me tell you what I’ve heard throughout my entire life.

One night, a young woman was attending a dance at the Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs. I never really heard why she was hitchhiking. I never heard that her car broke down or anything. All I know is that as she attempted to get a ride there, she was struck by a drunk driver and never made it to the dance. So now her ghostly form has been seen trying to hitch a ride by numerous residents of Justice and Willow Springs. Sometimes, it is said that she’s picked up at the Willowbrook asking for a ride home, but disappears as you pass the cemetary. I’ve never seen her nor has anyone I’ve met, but that doesn’t mean this story is untrue.

Now as for the bars, I don’t recall the story being that Mary bent them, but rather someone else who was supposedly trapped in the cemetary. Now that I have seen. The bars are right on the main entrance gate. They have replaced the bars on several occassions, but those two bars somehow become bent again. Now, it could just be a couple of pranksters or people who want to keep the legend alive, but it is pretty creepy when you see it.

Oh, and the Mossalium (SP?) there is really creepy too. I went to use the bathroom there once and I heard humming and footsteps behind me in the hallway the whole time.

angel says:

July 8, 2006, 10:42 pm

I agree with Josh from 1/4/06. Troy Taylor’s book is amazing!

Jerry says:

July 17, 2006, 11:43 am

Guuuuuuuuurl that is some fraky nasty stuff in the hizzouse!!! U gotta b cray to even think bout trottin near that spooky place!!! G-Dog in the hizzy is outty!!! HOLLA BACK GIRLFRIENDS!!!

Liz says:

July 24, 2006, 1:51 pm

Why do people have to try to ruin things? Get your facts streight before posting, and if your here to post to joke around don’t bother! You can find the information on the this story anywhere on the net. I did find somewhere a couple of times that on 2 different occasions 2 different officers on duty have seen her. I was there a few years ago and didn’t see her, this does not meen I’m dismissing the story. I went to look at the bars on/by the gates and found out they had been replaced a few years before I was there and the imprints of her hands have NOT returned. Before they replaced the bars they tried several times over to paint over the prints and they would keep reapearing. Really you should read Troy’s book, or even books by Ursala Beilski (spelling?).

kay says:

August 5, 2006, 9:22 pm

no one time she come in my car and didnt want to say nothing so i just went with it then out of the blue she’s gone………..
nothing there more to be seen of her….

Pat says:

August 8, 2006, 9:07 pm

The bars on the gate used to rust into a hand print. They would be painted and treated but returned. They were finally removed and put somewhere in like the a bishops house for safe keeping. What I was told anyway. She actually walks down Old Archer road ( where I live )and rounds the curb to Archer road where the cemetery is. If you kept going you would be on Archer Ave. Confusing but true. WillowBrook Ballroom is on Old Archer Road also. There is a bar across the street called Chets Melody of love and is reported to be haunted also. If you sit on a certain bar stool it is said that you will get pregnant. On the other side of Resurrection Cemetery the gate are always being bent for no reason ( EX.CAR ACCIDENT ) They saqy it is the devil himself trying to get out or back in It surely is a strange place to live around but after 25 years you get used to the buses and cars and pranks around Halloween. No one has spotted her for a long time Maybe this year shell come around. I always watch out the window as I live off Old Archer between the ballroom and the cemetery. but alas no Mary

Pat says:

August 8, 2006, 9:11 pm

Just to add another tourist thingy. The stained glass window that are on the maouselem (?) is the longest stained glass window in the world. according to the Guiness book of world records. At night it is lit up and it it is amazing to see.

Colleen Lane says:

August 12, 2006, 10:29 am

I am a 44 year old mom and I have family buried there and I have taken my children there as well to not only visit our dead family but check out the story.
We were looking for our family (dead) and came across a grounds keeper he showed us where she was buried (R. Mary) He said he never had anything weird happen but has friends he works with had weird things and heard things at night that would make your skin creep.

There is no headstone but she is between her mother and her Aunt. There were flowers in the middle of the graves so someone knows she is there (maybe her family still living). We took photo’s and yes there are orbs in the photos but go figure there would be we WERE in a cemetery. The front gates did NOT have finger imprints as if she was getting in or out but it was definetly was weird. Discolored and in the shape of fingers, it just gave me a very creepy chill (as it did my kids).
So here you have it, belive it or not I choose to belive I was there, continue to go there and visit Mary and my family and the finger discoloring is always there and in the same spot.

Heather Barklage says:

August 18, 2006, 7:41 pm

Folks, this what I think. The woman’s name was Mary Brigovi and was just about to celebrate her 21st birthday way back in 1934. She was coming home from a dance hall when she was tragically killed in a traffic accident. She was buried in Resurrection Cemetery in her favorite gown. They say she’s a ghostly hitchhiker because she’s trying to get home in South Daymon, but disappears in your back seat at the cemetery gate instead.

nicole kovack says:

August 20, 2006, 8:30 pm

actually …. the gates were not bent…… there were handprints burned into bars on the gate that even when painted over came back my uncle is a fireman in the area and the bars were actually removed and replaced because they were causing too many problems

nicole kovack says:

August 20, 2006, 8:31 pm

and not to mention she no longer haunts not since the person who killed her died

DEMON H 58 says:

September 19, 2006, 11:23 am

I guess most of the comments are correct some are stupid funny but most of them are true. Now if you wanna see some scary **** then you have to go to “MUNKS” castle and touch the head of the stone that says private property thats in the middle of the road that leads right in the middle of the church and the castle it is said that if you touch the head and make a wish it will come true thats what i heard. But that is only if you do it before the munks come out the house and get your *** the rumor has it if the munks catch you before you leave they will cut your knees and make you kneel on salt now thats what I heard from several people. If anybody wants to try that go ahead go straight on Archer and pass the woods keep going straight passing Willow Springs Road it will be on the right hand side and then comment on what happen now I aint stupid enough to try it but some people are for the thrill.

cathy frederick says:

October 4, 2006, 7:25 pm

i dont know how true that is but i can believe it my mom died jan 20 1980 not too long before that i went to a bachloret party at saints and sinners located right next to the fairmount hills cemetary at that time she was not to happy with me because they had a male stripper there and she was totally against it very mad at me and it wasnt too long after that the place burned down freaky but not to say it had anything to do with her but i believe it did so i guess anything can happen and what you believe is what you believe

Rita says:

October 11, 2006, 7:14 pm


Brandi says:

October 13, 2006, 10:33 am

The actual story:

“Resurrection Mary” is the best-known ghost story in the Chicago area.

According to the legend, a young Polish girl (between 17 and 22) was killed in a car crash in the early 1930s and buried in Resurrection Cemetery. Her death occurred on the way back from a dance at the nearby O’Henry Ballroom (now called the Willowbrook Ballroom).

She is now encountered as a “Vanishing Hitchhiker”. Several people have reported picking her up as a hitchhiker, taking her to or from the ballroom. As the car passes Resurrection, she usually vanishes. She is described as looking like a living person, speaking very little, wearing a 1930’s ball gown. Sometimes her flesh is cool to the touch.

In a 1977 incident, a passerby saw a woman locked inside the fence of the cemetery after dark. Rather than stopping, he called the police, who came to let her out. When the police arrived, she was nowhere to be seen – but they discovered that two bars of the main gate had been bent outwards, and the bars bore the imprint of human hands. Officials quickly removed the bars – but, embarrassed, later re-installed them, using a blowtorch to obscure the handprints. The two burned areas can still be seen.

Kim says:

October 14, 2006, 2:43 am

Any of you go to the “gates of hell” located in Collinsville Illinois? This place IS truely haunted.. Has been in many books about Haunted Illinois… check it out.. Its freaky, scary and YES you will experiance stuff. I did. P.S. I wont ever go back..

Ed says:

October 19, 2006, 9:47 pm

Brandi’s story is the most accurate story. Yes,it’s the famous hitchiker ghost in ballroom dress and the gate are both true. My family are buried there and I go to cementary several times a year and have seen the two bars on the gate being replaced over the year with new bar or temporarly covered w/ chain link fence. It was an on-going thing with the bar until that painted the gate gold instead of green…I haven’t seen the two bars being damaged or replaced anymore.

Mari says:

October 27, 2006, 12:43 am

“Munks Castle”….heard that if you go there and the munks catch you hanging around, they will make you pray all night and let you go in the morning.

Mary is supposed to have been seen hitchhicking in a gown and if you pick her up, she will disappear in your car. That’s all I heard.

Tracy says:

October 29, 2006, 5:32 pm

13 years ago I was doing an internship at ABC for show called Chicago Stories with Janet Davies, is no longer on the air – thougth that show 190 N is very similar. Anyway, we were gathering information to produce a show. One of our possible topics was going to be on this man, who had something called “Ghost Bus Tours” though is wasn’t Richard Crowe, it another guy, a competitor, I can’t think of his name. Anyway, I did the Ghost Bus Tour, didn’t see anything. However, this man had a lot of pictures of ghosts etc. things in Chicago.

I did see a picture that he broke in of the wrought iron bars and they were bent and looked like finger prints were burnt into the melted iron. Very strange, he had mentioned they were eventually removed.

He also had a videotape that someome had casually taped while on one of his tours. Has to be the spookiest thing I saw, and that was of a Monk, sitting on the first step inside of Jane Adam’s Hull house. It was very bizarre because you could see him, yet also see through him. He had his head bent down and was wearing a rob, let’s just say he looked very Menacing, I would venture to say he looked more like the Grim Reaper. I have since heard other people have seen about 4 monks at this location.

Another thing on the tape was of an Irish Mansion on the South side, where you clearly see a woman in a long white dress literally “glide” across the top floor while looking through the window, she then walks out on the balcony and glides rigt off the balcony. I had later read that she is the widow that used to live in that house.

We checked the tape for any tampering but it was authentic. Unfortunately we never ended up running the story, but it was some creepy stuff.

ashley says:

October 29, 2006, 6:01 pm

to daniela you are a dumb *****!
first you say you saw nothing then you come up with this creepy story. which one is it?

p.s.and learn how to spell to dumbass!

Barbara says:

November 16, 2006, 12:52 am

As far as I have read on this story, the closest to the truth is Pete who posted in 4/2006. I have seen this story several times on the show “Unsolved Mysteries”. As for the account about the man who picked her up and took her home it is all true according to the broadcast, only when he drove past the cemetary, she asked him to stop and then she disappeared into the cemetary. He went to her mother’s home the next day after Mary had told him her name when he met her at the ballroom. Also it is true that cabbies have picked her up as well. Check it out if you can from past archives at the unsolved website if you can.

Maggie says:

January 18, 2007, 3:53 pm

A few years back when I was a teenageR my friends and I tried to contact her. We went in the parking lot of Chet’s Melody Lounge, which is across the street and we busted out the witch board, (similar to a ouija board but made by whiches and is circular). Anyways, we went by there and didn’t see anything. The bars were still there, but it looked more like rust than handprints on the bars.

Chloe says:

January 18, 2007, 10:53 pm

Last spring me, my aunt, my mom, and my two cousins went to the cemetery to look for the fingerprints and other wierd things, but we never really got out of the car, so we didn’t see very much. I had heard of this from Wierd NJ, a local magazine, and decided to go. When we went nothing wierd happened, so we left. it said in the article that the place where the fingerprints were were replaced, so we didn’t see it.

matt says:

January 29, 2007, 9:44 pm

i need to write this cos i was a sceptic….

me and my ex moved to a house in glasgow… lentran street.. a few years back… my ex told me she thought one of the kids had came back from school and she got up from her bed and found herself chasing shadows as she ran round like a circle kitchen/ living room and hall…. she told me that nite and i pissed myself laughn tho she was as white as a sheet.. i made a joke about the spirit paying towards the mortgage. Anyways a few days later our neighbour told her about a young lass was seen at the end of the hall near the toilet and outside door again i laughed it off. Our relationship was going downhill one day i was in the living room and she in the bedroom when both of us heard what sounded like a window being hit by a small stone…. i ran into room to see if someone hit the window but my ex said it came from the room i was in… baffled i thought nothing of it… nothing happened for ages except our relationship slipped and i let her friend go on holiday with my ex in my stead.. i watched our little kid who was about 9 months old… we both slept in the double bed.. anyhow one night i was awoken by very loud music from the living room, i jumped up and ran in thinking i was gonna meet a burglar but nobody was there i put the hi-fi off and put it down to a timer and went back to sleep. A few days later whilst sleeping i awoke but could not lift my head but could move other parts of my body, my eyes were open and i had the sensation of what felt like a hand holding my the front of my face down and even tho i could not lift my head it wasn’t like the hand was forcing me down with heavy force, it was like a gentle pressure but with a strange amount of pressure. At first i got a little scared but then i managed to blurt out “don’t do that again” and was immediately or appeared to be released instantly…. i know some people have written in about mary and treat it as a joke just as i did before my experience tho i never saw anyone it was amazing to feel such power that held my head down with no force at all. The truth is until we experience something ourselves we will always joke about spirits… all i can say is i waited till we split and moved to different houses before admitting to my ex that something or some presence was definately there…. like all other sceptics i still wonder why i do not get to see my own family? … however i did meet a medium after being asked by my sister to attend to make up the numbers for a private reading and i was blown away by what the message that was given to me but thats another story… and no the medium did not ask questions and told us not to say anything except react to what he was passing on… he used to be on radio but has been on sky tv and is doing stuff for channel 5 in uk but what he came out with was utterly amazing… am now relieved that there is life after death….. am converted

Cathy says:

March 24, 2007, 5:19 pm

Her hand prints are no longer on the gate because the cemtary had the gats replaced. Too many people where stoppping to see them and causing issues for the people that were visting loved ones buried there.

Rachel says:

July 29, 2007, 11:29 am

One of the most famous stories around the country, and they can’t even get it right. Also, to remeber that they have replaced the gate several times and people report seeing her standing at the gate, and there are permant burn marks in the metal that look like someone was holding the bars. They need to correct this story, and tell all the story.

Rick says:

August 2, 2007, 1:50 pm

Brandi knows what she is talking about, that is the exact story I have heard from people and looking up history, that is exactly how the legend came to be. I have been though the area many times, I have worked, gone out there just for Resurrection Cemetery, plus I have family out there. I love the people who go to a place just one time, and then conclude a place is haunted or not it gets me every time! You could have come at the right/wrong time, and even a place like Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery that has provided tons of evidence to me and my friends, is not always going to provide evidence! Go to my website and you can see some of the evidence that we have gathered, places we have investigated, and may learn a thing or two about investigating the super natural.

Rex says:

September 17, 2007, 4:31 am

Guys if u want to feel the real fright and spookiness
just visit the forgotten bachelor’s grove cemetery near midlothian turnpike.A black phantom car sometimes chases people and is seen near the lake section of cemetery.

Friends, I had a personal sighting of this car.

brenda says:

September 27, 2007, 11:44 am

the way I heard the story from my aunt who was a resident of Chicago, Mary was a young Polish girl, who went to a dance and was killed in an auto wreck on the way home. This happened in the 20’s. She was buried in the cemetary on Archer Road and when people would drive by they’d see her standing outside and pick her up to give her a lift home. My aunt also said back in the days of the cars that had “running boards” some people claimed to have seen something in their side mirrors, jump onto the running boards as if trying to hitch a ride, and when they’d stop their car, no one was there.

Bella says:

October 4, 2007, 11:52 am

i hate to be the bearer of bad news but i live next door to the cemetary and my family has lived in this house since it was built and no one has seen anything strange. my great grandparents say that mary was killed walking home from a dance “ball” in willow springs and it was a big deal for their time and they think the story was created to help cope with the tragedy. it was told to me that the driver that hit mary was intoxicated which at that time was an accepted thing. as far as bachelor’s grove goes i’ve heard some stories from friends but myself and a group has made many visits and we have gone as far as to take evp and elecromagnetic equipment there for studies and come back with nothing, not even a cold spot. i was dissapointed considering this is supposed to be a hot spot. the only place we have investigated and gotten a true scare was the old manteno asylum. if u do go there it is owned by the state of illinosi so without permission u will be arrested immediately. we got audio and video footage there of a woman hanging in a white tattered gown and children talking and playing in one of the rooms. there were severe temp drops on a 70 degree as well. in one room our temp went from 73 to 31 in a matter of seconds, we actually saw our breath, then shot up to 86. it was pretty creepy and we do investigations of this type quite often.

DJC says:

October 5, 2007, 10:40 pm

I’ve heard this story before and have never seen it first hand. What I can tell you is about 10 years ago a bunch of friends and I decided to jump the gate and find Mary’s “grave.” It was winter time and there were other cars driving by. Their headlights would reflect off the snow and headstones and freak you out! The “grave” was allegedly marked by a tree and we didn’t see anything supernatural at the site. In fact, we spent more time scaring each other. However, there is one detail that I won’t forget. It had recently snowed pretty heavy so there was plenty of snow everywhere on the ground, EXCEPT where the alleged grave was. There was no snow like it had been shoveled away but there were no other foot prints in the snow and the grass wasn’t matted down. It didn’t appear to be in a particular shape. Having lived in Chicago all my life I haven’t seen snow at least 6″ deep that suddenly just didn’t cover a certain area of land. I mean it was just gone; 6″ snow around the edge and none at all inside. It didn’t fade out. Maybe explainable but Ive never seen anything like it and eerie none the less.

KenZ says:

October 10, 2007, 3:12 pm

I still don’t think the real story is told here. I am from the area as is my family and I have more relatives buried at this cemetary then I can count. The story as I have heard it is as follows:

In about 1912 – the year could be verified, as you’ll see below – a young girl turned thirteen and was taken out to celebrate her birthday. The last stop for the evening was the O’Henry Ballroom, which still exists and is now the Willowbrook Ballroom. On the way home the family crossed a particularly rough train track crossing. Since at that time cars had open sides, when the car bounced over the tracks, Mary was thrown from the car and was killed. The reason the year is important is because at the time, there was a grave digger’s strike going on. Resurrection Cemetery was the only cemetery in the area that had grave diggers working. Mary’s family had burial plots at a different cemetery. What they were doing at the time to deal with the grave diggers strike was burying people temporarily at Resurrection Cemetery with the expectation of moving them once the strike was over. The legend says that the grave diggers were not a very responsible bunch, so when it came time to move the bodies, they found that they were having a hard time figuring out who was who and where each of the bodies actually was. It is said that Mary was never moved. The cemetery just told her family that she was, and so her spirit can not rest.
The most reputable sighting of Mary’s ghost was reported by a Chicago Police Officer. After the Cemetery was closed one day, he passed by and saw a small girl standing inside the gate – locked in – holding onto the vertical metal bars of the gate with her hands. He quickly went to the station to get bolt cutters so he could cut the lock and then give the girl a ride home. When he returned the girl was gone, but the bars were bent apart and hand prints looked like they were burned onto the gate where he had seen the little girls hands just a short while before. They straightened the bars and painted over the hand prints many times but they always came back. They eventually replaced the gate to solve the problem. There are also numerous reports of people – especially taxi drivers – that pick up a girl in a white dress near the cemetery and she asks to be driven to the ballroom or from the ballroom to the Cemetery and when they get there she vanishes while leaving the car or she vinishes while they drive from one place to the next.

Kathy says:

October 29, 2007, 4:15 pm

I am a 16 year old girl and I have been to Resurrection Mary a few times. Here are each of the things that heppened on each day.

September 7th, 2007

Erin, Joe, Seth and I were all planning on going to Resurrection Mary to camp out to get some proof. As soon as we were all finished setting up camp, we started to get a little scared, with occasional chills down our backs. What we were intrested at first was how everyone kept saying that when ever people painted or fixed the bars where Mary pulled apart, they would always come back, forever leaving marks. So, Joe and I both brought white paint and a camera’s. Before we went to bed, we set up camera’s in various places, like, by the gate, by her stone, and a couple on different trees. (and don’t worry we had permission.) Then we re-painted the bars, with the camera right next to it incase anything happened. The next morning, we checked the camera’s…with nothing, except for two. This shocked us right out of our pants it was so scary. The first camera we looked at was the one by Mary’s stone, and there was somthing quite scary. We saw, a young beautiful girl in a white gown stepping out of the ground near the grave stone. The camera that was by the gate, was SO scary, I nearly fainted. In this footage, there showed a young woman (again) in a white gown, pulling open the bars and scraping her hands on it, leaving blood marks. Very eerie night.

October 1st, 2007

Sarah, Seth, Erin, and I all went out again to find more. This time, we decided to acctualy stay up, with our lanterns and flashlights, and watch. and bnoy, even though I have no proof, I have a great memory,and I don’t lie either. We saw Mary, herself, in person, (well, in ghost for her) going to the new bars, and then, insted she turns around and comes straight at us. That’s right, straight at us unbelieveable huh? Acctually, she was goling back to her grave, and sat, down. We all looked back at the bars, and saw they were ruined agian. we looked back at her grave, and she was gone.

So now, you know what happened to me and my friends, and now understand that Resurrectin Mary is quite real. Oh, and for all of you jerks out there and sya that I am lying…..


Kathy says:

October 29, 2007, 4:18 pm

Oh and one more thing, we are planning on going to Resurrection mary on halloween night…hope to see you there…hehehehehehehehe…….^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^H^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^A^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^P^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^P^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Y^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^H^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^A^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^L^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^L^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^O^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^W^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^E^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^E^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^N^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Tori says:

August 15, 2008, 6:04 pm

The most accurate version of the story concerns a young girl who was killed while hitchhiking down Archer Avenue in the early 1930â??s. Apparently, she had spent the evening dancing with a boyfriend at the O’ Henry Ballroom. At some point, they got into an arguement and Mary (as she has come to be called) stormed out of the place. Even though it was a cold winterâ??s night, she thought, she would rather face a cold walk home than another minute with her boorish lover. She left the ballroom and started walking up Archer Avenue. She had not gotten very far when she was struck and killed by a passing automobile. The driver fled the scene and Mary was left there to die. Her grieving parents buried her in Resurrection Cemetery, wearing a white dress and her dancing shoes. Since that time, her spirit has been seen along Archer Avenue, perhaps trying to return to her grave after one last night among the living. This is the story that I grew up with and is found to be the most accurate. I myself have never seen “Mary” but have heard many many stories of her being seen.

Tori says:

August 15, 2008, 6:07 pm

Oh and Kathy, how in God’s name did you get “permission” to camp inside or outside a locked cemetary and were also allowed to paint on the tree’s. Highly unlikely that someone would let some random kids deface the deads final resting place. LAME!

lulu says:

August 27, 2008, 4:11 pm

i used to live there the story is she was killed after walking home froma dance

lidia says:

August 27, 2008, 10:17 pm

i live on 79th and i would always go home from my boyfriends late at night who lived on archer and 79th by the cemmetary. i never saw anythignggg. neverrrr.

lisa says:

September 28, 2008, 6:35 pm

Obviously, there have been sightings, and this story REALLY did happen. Though throughout the years it has been altered a bit. I grew up in Oak Forest and that was a local haunting that many of my crazy family members went to check out along with Bachelor’s Grove–another very haunted place–, but I will agree to the bending of the bars being replaced and it reoccuring. This story of a woman named Mary and the ball room incident and all the asking for rides from MEN have occured. There have been books, newspaper articles, and even follow ups done by the famous Seymor Simon. I believe. Even though I have never seen anything personally, it does not mean it does not exist.

Rydian says:

September 30, 2008, 8:17 pm

Mary was killed in a car crash on her way home from a night out dancing. Her body does lay in Resurrection Cemetery on 79th (aka Archer Ave.)Men have picked her up and taken for a night of dancing, in which they have noticed that she is chilled to the bone, upon passing the Cemetery she vanishes. Be nice there are Chicagoians out there that know the Story …..

ulikit2 says:

October 6, 2008, 2:54 am

Not saying anyone is wrong, but as a Chicago Native the storys goes she left the ball early because she was under the impression that her boyfriend had been flirting with another woman all night, so she got mad and left the party to walk home, during her journey she was being harrased by some other guys that saw her walking, asking her if she wanted a ride one jumps out of the car and starts fondling her dress throwingit up over her and such, she starting running fell and busted her head wide open on a big pice or cement, she laid for hours until finally one of the party goers noticed the bundle on the ground police where called and that that. How do i know. My granddad was born 1891 and he attended the party, well I call him granddad but he is my grandmothers father. He passed on a couple years ago, but my grandad told us about a lot of of old stories you now hear about, but I was smart I taped recorded most of our conversations.

Tim says:

October 21, 2008, 9:27 am

It was a dark at the time i drove into the area after traveling for about 6 hours in 1979. I had felt I was lost and was thinking where i might have turned wrong. I like having the top down even with the cold night air, of course my heater and radio were on. I saw something out of the corner of my eye, startled i see a woman sitting on the passenger side of my old Delta 98. It scared me but she looked friendly enough dressed nicely like a girl would for a high school dance. I quickly thought back as to when i was going slow enough for her to jump in. It was very dark and i could feel the cold coming off of her. I asked her how she got into the car. She spoke, “Could you give me a ride home”. I blew off the fact she jumped into the car, easy for a laid back 17 year old with a nice looking girl. We started off down the road I turned the heat up more and gave her my jean jacket because you could really feel the cold come off her like it does when someone walks into the house after being out in the freezing winter Iowa night.She gave me directions to her parents home. We made some small talk. I remember warning her about hitchhiking and jumping into cars which she replied that I was nice enough and asked if i had a girlfriend. I dont remember all the small talk we had. It seemed a short amount of time had passed when I looked over and she was gone.

Tim says:

October 21, 2008, 9:29 am

It was a dark at the time i drove into the area after traveling for about 6 hours in 1979. I had felt I was lost and was thinking where i might have turned wrong. I like having the top down even with the cold night air, of course my heater and radio were on. I saw something out of the corner of my eye, startled i see a woman sitting on the passenger side of my old Delta 98. It scared me but she looked friendly enough dressed nicely like a girl would for a high school dance. I quickly thought back as to when i was going slow enough for her to jump in. It was very dark and i could feel the cold coming off of her. I asked her how she got into the car. She spoke, “Could you give me a ride home”. I blew off the fact she jumped into the car, easy for a laid back 17 year old with a nice looking girl. We started off down the road I turned the heat up more and gave her my jean jacket because you could really feel the cold come off her like it does when someone walks into the house after being out in the freezing winter Iowa night.She gave me directions to her parents home. We made some small talk. I remember warning her about hitchhiking and jumping into cars which she replied that I was nice enough and asked if i had a girlfriend. I dont remember all the small talk we had. It seemed a short amount of time had passed when I looked over and she was gone.

Patricia says:

November 25, 2008, 7:57 pm

i picked her up was really scary when she vanished.ok let me tell u guys the story.My friends and i was going down that street to my house.Then a woman stopped us and asked to give her a ride to hers.So we turned around and was going the way down the street.We we’re just talking and she was quiet.So when we got to the end of the street she vanished and there was wets spots in my car.That was scary!

jesika says:

January 1, 2010, 10:00 pm

all you peop0le need to check your stories before you write comments, and before any of you start your b.s. I am a certified paranormal investigator, resurection mary was killed while walking down archer ave from the willow brook dance hall, she was killed while walking down archer and now she hitchikes on archer ave. when she gets into your car she gives you an adress and while heading down archer twards the adress she takes off out of the car and runs twards the cemetary gates. so please double check you facts when your going to post something and try to make someone else feel stupid, because you just make an *** of yourself

lene27 says:

March 12, 2010, 11:40 pm

i live in front of the cemetary and theres nothing

ricky says:

June 14, 2010, 11:26 am

jesika^^^ is right, we picked her up on the side of archer ave as she was hitch hiking , she gave an adress so we put it in the gps to take her there, we looked in the back seat to find mary still there and she had vanished and to the side the cemetary stood with ent gates.

sally says:

December 4, 2010, 1:44 pm

i think that this story is true. i believe in ALL haunted stories and so does one of my friend. if any of u guys dont think this i true u guys suck! oh and can any one give me a other GOOD haunted websites? thanx!

missy says:

December 16, 2010, 5:26 pm

I remember this story from when I was in 4th grade, and it’s a dance, not a ceremony. She was killed and thrown in a ditch, and every year she hitches a ride “home” and disappears at the cemetery gates. I have been told you can find her walking during and only during a full moon on Halloween, and
others have said every halloween. I have gone for years and haven’t seen nothing!!! I went to Monks cemetery and we saw a cloud of fog, where there should not have been any.

David says:

December 22, 2010, 11:58 pm

I can’t believe there is no mention of Bachelors Grove Cemetery in Midlothian Illinois on this site.

tammy says:

February 27, 2012, 6:04 am

all the storys are creepy. why are people so intristed in this stuff. Including me.

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